For a long time, it didn’t look like it, but in the end, the German women won the World Championship in Canada in the Quarterfinals against France with 5-4 in a penalty shootout and are only one step away from the dream tonight in Semifinals against the big rival USA just one step away from the dreamed World Cup final.
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The Quarterfinal Against France
For long stretches against France, it was impossible to imagine that the German women would still manage to reach the semifinals of the World Championship reach. The girls of national coach Silvia Neid were too weak and unfocused, the ball was lost too often and they were almost overrun by the French. With luck, the score was still 0-0 at halftime, but after the break, France continued directly where they had left off in the first half and the deserved reward was the 1-0 in the 64th minute through Necib. The Germans tried to equalize in the aftermath, but France was closer to the second goal than Germany was to the first. In the end, it was luck and also the stupidity of the French women that allowed the equalizer: The hand penalty in the 84th minute was converted by goal scorer Sasic to 1-1 and thus made extra time possible. In this not much happened, Germany became stronger and had more confidence. In the penalty shootout that followed, goalkeeper Nadine Angerer saved the last French penalty to ensure a 5-4 final score and a place in the semifinals against the USA.
Today Against The USA
Against the Americans, however, the German women will have to step it up a notch, because the team around superstar Amy Wampach is the big favorite to win the title at this World Cup. However, especially goalkeeper Nadine Angerer and coach Silvia Neid should be highly motivated, because both will end their national team careers after the World Cup. Let’s hope for a great match, in which Germany will enter the final in the end.
Explanation Of The Difficult Words:
In the Quarterfinals, there are still 4 games in which 2 teams compete against each other. After that follows the Semifinals with a total of 2 games.
A World Championship is a tournament where the best teams in the world compete for the title, first in groups, and then later in individual matches.